Third Sunday of Easter – 30th April 2017

Special Collection next Sunday for The Education of Future Priests (Gift Aid)


Parish AGM

Please note the Parish of Cranleigh and Bramley will hold their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 2nd May in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room from 7.30pm.   All are invited to attend, please let the office know of your intention to attend in order to gather numbers.

Please also let the office know of Any Other Business that you would like addressed at this meeting.


Tuesday 2nd May

Over 50’s Coffee Morning

7.30pm Parish AGM in Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room

Friday 12th May

7.30pm Beer Tasting hosted by Matthew Emms

Friday 26th May

7pm – Arundel Cathedral – Dcn Roys Ordination

Tuesday 30th May

7.30pm CAMEO Social Evening at Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room – bring your photo albums and memories for a night of reminiscing

Monday 12th June

7.15pm Fashion and Fun in St Cuthbert Mayne School Hall

Wednesday 14th June

Arundel Cathedral Outing

1st and 2nd July

Parish Camping Event


Louise Gilbey (Aged 9Years Old) and her Grandma, Corinne (Aged somewhat older) are putting their talents to growing Tomato Plants.

So far, so good; the seeds are sprouting nicely and we hope to bring about forty plants for sale at Bramley and at Cranleigh in a few weeks when they will be well established. Thank You in great anticipation of All/Some/Many of you buying the lot at £1.per plant.  God Bless and have a Wonderful Easter Season.  Corinne Micallef-Eynaud 01483-418537


‘Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the Books and Buns event. We raised £105 for the Cranleigh Parish room fund.  Ann Smith.  ‘Every little helps.’


Following the Easter Service there are two flower pots that need to be returned to Dinah please.


Parish Outing
CARPET OF FLOWERS AT ARUNDEL CATHEDRAL

Wednesday 14th June
Coach leaves RC Church at Cranleigh at 10.30am
Cost £10 for coach, to be paid in advance

Lunch of your own choice available at St Mary’s Inn
Contact Nos Julia 01483 276004 Bramley Bridget 01483 892406

‘If you would like a lift from Bramley to the coach in Cranleigh, please sign the list in the porch in Bramley or contact Bridget Eacott.’


Travelling Trends Fashion Show  Do you need a few new separates to liven up your wardrobe?  Would you like them at Bargain Prices?  Come along to this Parish event and enjoy an evening of fashion and fun!  This is your chance to see, try on, and buy this season’s fashions at greatly reduced prices, and help to raise funds for the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.  The event will start from 7.15pm on Monday 12th June at the St Cuthbert Mayne School.  Tickets are £6.00 which include a drink and nibbles and tickets can be bought from the Parish Office or Georgie Nel or Susanna Page.  This hopes to be a lively fun evening with a Tombola and two opportunities for stalls to be purchased.


Spend a day aboard a 31foot sailing boat based in Chichester harbour and just make a donation to the talents fund in return. (Whatever you feel is appropriate).

I can take three people approx but this can be a bit flexible depending on whether its all adults or a combination of adults and children. You can confine your day to the confines of Chichester harbour where you can sail in relatively flat water or if you want to be more adventurous you can sail The Solent nearby. Your food will be provided and you can choose what you would like to eat.

Please contact Pat Scully on 07796016696 or 01483277913, or email patscully@tiscali.co.uk if you think it is for you.  Kind regards,  Pat Scully


We are currently in need of a volunteer driver or drivers to help bring some of our senior citizens to mass, either for Sunday 1100am or Saturday 1800 as we have lost one of our drivers.

At the moment it would involve collecting up to three ladies from Elmbridge Village and taking them to the mass of the drivers choice as the ladies are very flexible. This would be once every four weeks at most depending on how many volunteers we have.

Please contact Pat Scully on 01483 277913 or 07796016696, or email  patscully@tiscali.co.uk if you would be happy to carry out this task.

Many thanks, Pat.


Beer Tasting Evening – Please contact Matthew Emms to buy your tickets to this event which will take place at Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room on Friday 12th May.  Tickets are £20 each.


Coaches to Dcn Roy’s Ordination to the Priesthood!

The updated Coach Lists are now at the back of both churches, please check your name is on the correct list and please try to get your £10 per seat to the Parish Office.

Details about pick ups from Cranleigh and Bramley will be detailed closer to the time.

The Ordination will take place on Friday 26th May at 7pm in the Cathedral Church of Our Lady and St Philip Howard, Arundel.

Deacon Roy (then Fr Roy!) will celebrate his first masses with the parish on Saturday evening of the 27th at Cranleigh followed by a parish reception and at Bramley at 9am on the Sunday morning followed by a little party as well.  I hope as many of you as possible will attend and support Roy in this new and exciting ministry of service to the Church.


For Sale 

Rogers upright piano with rosewood casing and matching piano stool. Built in the 1960’s, has a lovely tone but very much in need of a tuning as has not been played for 15 months.

Free to a good home or church hall. Buyer needs to collect from Wonersh.   Contact Christina Wyllie on 07980445146


Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage – If you were inspired by Katie’s wonderful talk about the benefits of joining the pilgrimage to Lourdes, now is the time to apply to join!

Go to ABlourdes.org to apply on line or call 01403740110 to request an application form.


Over 50’s Coffee Mornings will be held on Tuesday 2nd May from 10-12pm in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.  There will be free tea, coffee and biscuits and all are welcome.


Deputy Headteacher Vacancy September 2017: The Marist Catholic Primary School, West Byfleet, Surrey. Information available at: www.marist.surrey.sch.uk/recruitment.


CAMEO EVENT

 

“About 25 ladies of the Parish had a marvellous evening at our latest CAMEO event on Tuesday learning about and trying out essential oils for health and wellbeing.  We tried pure orange, lemon and lime in water – most refreshing and more interesting than plain water; learnt about the king of essential oils, Frankincense, and its extensive healing properties; tried a balm for aches and pain – very good for arthritic joints; and benefited from a general introduction to lots of other essential oils.  We enjoyed houmous with lemon oil and seeds as well as homemade guacamole with cumin and lime oils.  Finally, strawberries dipped in dark chocolate infused with peppermint oil.  Delicious and healthy too.  Thank you to Charlotte Hunter for organising the event and to Kim Hale (a doTERRA essential oils Wellness Advocate, an Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner and a Reiki Master amongst other things) for giving us such a marvellous evening.”

The next event will take place at the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room on Tuesday 30th May at 7.30pm.   This is going to be an evening of sharing memories and reminiscing.    Katherine Bergin and Veronica Motchman will be hosting and invite you along to have an evening of refreshments and good stories.

“CAMEO is a group open to all the ladies in the Parish.  It hosts an event about once a month and you can come along to as many or as few as you like.  If you need a lift, just contact the event organiser.  We do hope to see you there soon.”

Second Sunday of Easter – 23rd April 2017

Please note no Masses during the week due to Father David being away.


Dear Brothers and Sisters

What a celebration last Saturday evening and Sunday morning was!  Three baptisms and four confirmations and four first holy communions and hundreds of people in church across the weekend.  How marvellous!  It really was such a joy filled weekend.  I would particularly like to thank you all for your Easter Offering but, perhaps, even more than that I wish to thank all those who made an active contribution to our celebrations.  Cleaners, readers, servers, ministers, choir and musicians, welcomers and the people who made others welcome too.  More please!
One of the things you may have noticed was people we haven’t seen for some time – and don’t get me wrong – it was a blessing to see them back at mass once again, but it underlined for me that we have an important task ahead of us.  We have to reach out to these same people and invite them to come to their church at times other than Christmas and Easter.  Sunday by Sunday attendance has been falling for some time and yet, right there amongst us, are catholics who need to be woken up and made alive in Christ.  We have to, somehow, and together, find a way to draw these, our brothers and sisters back into the practice of their faith and then to walk with them along the journey of life as a welcoming, healing and loving community of faith.  The first reading needs to be our marker for action – “The whole community remained faithful to the teaching of the apostles, to the brotherhood, to the breaking of bread and to the prayers.”  That, in a nutshell is parish life and the real emphasis is on that first bit – the whole community.  We need to make that part of our mission statement!

After Lent and Holy Week I’m afraid I need a break and so I am taking the next few days off and next weekend.  Fr Tony is once again covering for me, so please make him welcome.

Love and best wishes for Easter,  Fr David


Parish AGM

Please note the Parish of Cranleigh and Bramley will hold their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 5th May in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room from 7.30pm.   All are invited to attend, please let the office know of your intention to attend in order to gather numbers.  Thank you


Sunday 23rd April

After 9am Mass in Bramley – Maureen Loveders Birthday

After 11am Mass in Cranleigh – Cake sale from the Southwell Family

Tuesday 25th April

CANCELLED Bramley Lunch after 11.30am Mass

CAMEO Social Evening at Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room with guest speaker Kim Hale, Using Essential Oils to promote wellness and happiness.

Tuesday 2nd May

Over 50’s Coffee Morning

7.30pm Parish AGM in Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room

Friday 12th May

7.30pm Beer Tasting hosted by Matthew Emms

Friday 26th May

7pm – Arundel Cathedral – Dcn Roys Ordination

Tuesday 30th May

7.30pm CAMEO Social Evening at Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room – bring your photo albums and memories for a night of reminiscing

Monday 12th June

7.15pm Fashion and Fun in St Cuthbert Mayne School Hall

1st and 2nd July

Parish Camping Event


Last Sundays Biscuit Sale raised more than £100.  Thank you to the servers who baked and sold and to everyone who supported their efforts.


Beer Tasting Evening – Matthew Emms will be selling tickets to this much anticipated event at the end of each Mass this weekend.  Tickets are £20 each.


Celebration – Maureen Loveder would like to invite you to celebrate her 90th birthday after the 9am Mass in the Bramley Parish Room on 23rd April!  Bacon butties, a celebratory cake and bubbly will be served together with a healthy dose of fellowship. Everyone welcome!


BRAMLEY LUNCH –  This month’s lunch at Bramley next Tuesday, 25th April, has been cancelled due to lack of numbers.


The 300 club winners for April Pat Sheen, David Tyler, Jane Harding,


Louise Gilbey (Aged 9Years Old) and her Grandma, Corinne (Aged somewhat older) are putting their talents to growing Tomato Plants.

So far, so good; the seeds are sprouting nicely and we hope to bring about forty plants for sale at Bramley and at Cranleigh in a few weeks when they will be well established. Thank You in great anticipation of All/Some/Many of you buying the lot at £1.per plant.  God Bless and have a Wonderful Easter Season.  Corinne Micallef-Eynaud 01483-418537


Travelling Trends Fashion Show  Do you need a few new separates to liven up your wardrobe?  Would you like them at Bargain Prices?  Come along to this Parish event and enjoy an evening of fashion and fun!  This is your chance to see, try on, and buy this season’s fashions at greatly reduced prices, and help to raise funds for the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.  The event will start from 7.15pm on Monday 12th June at the St Cuthbert Mayne School.  Tickets are £6.00 which include a drink and nibbles and tickets can be bought from the Parish Office or Georgie Nel or Susanna Page.  This hopes to be a lively fun evening with a Tombola and two opportunities for stalls to be purchased.


Dcn Roy’s Ordination to the Priesthood! – Bishop Richard has formerly called Roy to Ordination to the Priesthood during this Eastertide.   The Ordination will take place on Friday 26th May at 7pm in the Cathedral Church of Our Lady and St Philip Howard, Arundel.

Coaches have now been arranged to transport people to Roy’s Ordination.  Leaving from Bramley and Cranleigh they will take us directly to the Cathedral and drop us off – picking up again after the reception.  You should reserve your place now!  The cost is expected to be about £10 per person.  The sign-up forms are in the porches of the churches.

Deacon Roy (then Fr Roy!) will celebrate his first masses with the parish on Saturday evening of the 27th at Cranleigh followed by a parish reception and at Bramley at 9am on the Sunday morning followed by a little party as well.  I hope as many of you as possible will attend and support Roy in this new and exciting ministry of service to the Church.


Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage – If you were inspired by Katie’s wonderful talk about the benefits of joining the pilgrimage to Lourdes, now is the time to apply to join!

Go to ABlourdes.org to apply on line or call 01403740110 to request an application form.


Over 50’s Coffee Mornings will be held on Tuesday 2nd May from 10-12pm in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.  There will be free tea, coffee and biscuits and all are welcome.


Thank you from HMPS – PACT – I just wanted to say a massive thank you for the donations I collected last week.  We were really impressed and very grateful.  They were all of a very high standard and a lot were brand new.

The books will be used in the prison visits hall, this provides children with the opportunity to read with their dads.  The Easter decorations were used on a prison family day to brighten up the hall and will be saved for next year.  The arts and craft materials will be used throughout our services.


Pokot News

On Friday we transferred the wonderful sum of £7,250 to the Pokot Missions as a result of your very generous response to the continuing drought and hunger there. This follows the £10,900 we sent on 3rd March.  £4,500 of this latest transfer goes to Fr Conway at the Barpello Mission. Of this £917 is to pay for school and university fees of students being sponsored by members of the Pound a Week Group. The balance of £3,583 will be used for Fr Conway’s drought relief projects. Fr Sean McGovern received £2,750  and here is what he said when I gave him the news:-

“Once more a thousand thanks for your continued generosity to the Pokot people. I realise I said this before but I must repeat ” The £ a Week Group continues to amaze me”
Without your continued kindness there is no way we could continue with the drought relief work now nor indeed dozens of other projects for well over 20 years.
Yesterday I gave out food to 39 people all amongst the most needy. Their overwhelming gratitude is embarrassing at times. When you see people pick up the last few grains of beans or maize that have fallen on the dusty ground, you know your dealing with the poor of the earth.
I asked one of the women afterwards to sweep out the store. She gathered the sweepings on a tray and I expected her to throw it out. But NO she said, wait there’s a few grains of beans there for someone.
On Monday we had the most amazing DUST storm I’ve ever seen. It swept in quite steadily and for about half an hour covered the whole place with a coat of dust before passing over us. Then it got chilly and high wind but only 2 mm of rain fell later. I was in Northern Nigeria some years ago during the Harmattan but this, while it lasted, was much more severe. What is it all a sign of weather wise? As they  say ‘watch this space’!
We had great celebrations for Easter. At Rotu on Sunday about 100 came for Mass. Afterwards we gave a good meal to well over 200 people. Rice and mixed dry (rehydrated) vegetable and goat stew, the bones of which were picked to a shiny finish. I saw one fellow smash the bone with his teeth and with obvious relish enjoy the marrow. I’m not sure if he actually ate the bones but I wouldn’t  be surprised.
God bless for now Eugene and once more my most sincere thanks to all at the £ a Week Group”

Fr Sean”

Please contact me on 01483-893379 or at emcgivern@btinternet.com if you would like more information about the Pound a Week Group.   Eugene McGivern


You are warmly invited to our Holy Week Celebrations at St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Near Guildford. GU4 8QR.

Active participation in these liturgies is the best preparation to receive the gift of Our Lord’s mercy, on Divine Mercy Sunday on April 23th. They remind us why we can receive mercy, and the price that was paid to allow us to live always with Him, who died for us and rose from the dead for our justification. Time is short, come to the Waters of Life.


Brightlights Festival is an annual event for Catholic young adults (ages 16-30) taking place June 23rd – 26th in the beautiful grounds of Alton Castle in Staffordshire. Come and join us for a weekend of live music from artists including One Hope Project and Guvna B. To journey together in Faith through liturgy and worship. And to hear simulating input the possibilities of living life: UNLIMITED. To find out more information or book tickets, visit our website: brightlights.org.uk, call 0300 075 0115 or find us on social media: T/FB/IG: BLFestival


Deputy Headteacher Vacancy September 2017: The Marist Catholic Primary School, West Byfleet, Surrey. Information available at: www.marist.surrey.sch.uk/recruitment.

Easter Sunday

Dear Brothers and Sisters

As I write this it is Monday of Holy Week and we have yet to celebrate any of the Holy Week liturgies.  I usually find it hard to imagine how I will feel after all those hours in church at this point in time – however, by the time Easter Day is with us I feel a mixture of profound joy and complete exhaustion!

It was St Paul who told the people of Ephesus that if the resurrection had not happened then we are the most unfortunate of people – deluded and pinning our faith on a fabrication.  The fact that it did happen – as attested to by so many witnesses – is then all the more cause for our joy.  As we listened to those Old Testament readings in the Light of the Paschal Candle – the symbol par excellence of Jesus’ resurrection and presence at the heart of His Church – our hearts leaped and our minds were renewed in a great surge of hope and faith.  Christ is alive!  With joy we sing!  Yes, I hope you do and are really singing, for Christ has risen as he has said.  His light shines its gentle warmth in all our hopes and fears, lifting our spirits and filling us with fresh “vigour and vim” as my parents used to say.  God bless ‘em!

So Helen and I send you our warmest Easter greetings and prayers for our Christian life together as Christ’s people here in this place.  We, as Catholics, are joined with such a huge cloud of witnesses both in heaven and here on earth, wrapping our Christian life around the whole world, which, with us today, shouts Christos anesti!  (They really did do that because the early Church spoke Greek!)

This week ends with Divine Mercy Sunday.  There will be a big celebration at St Augustine’s Abbey next Sunday, but we will have the relic of St Faustina visiting us here in Cranleigh and Bramley on Wednesday and Thursday before her relics return to Guildford Parish.  Please come and spend some time in quiet prayer on either, or both, of those days.

With my love and prayers, Fr David


Please note the Adoration of the Relic of St Faustina will take place at Cranleigh on Wednesday 19th April at 6pm before the 7pm Mass.  The Adoration of the Relic will take place at Bramley on Thursday 20th April at 9am before the 10am Mass. 

What is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy?

Saint Faustina was born Helena Kowalska in the village of Glogowiec west of Lodz, Poland, on August 25, 1905. She was the third of ten children. When she was almost twenty, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, whose members devote themselves to the care and education of troubled young women.

The following year she received her religious habit and was given the name Sister Maria Faustina, to which she added “of the Most Blessed Sacrament,” as was permitted by her Congregation’s custom.

In the 1930s, Sister Faustina received from the Lord a message of mercy that she was told to spread throughout the world. She was asked to become the apostle and secretary of God’s mercy, a model of how to be merciful to others, and an instrument for reemphasizing God’s plan of mercy for the world.

The message of mercy that Sister Faustina received is now being spread throughout the world; she has been recognized by the Church as a “Saint”; and her diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul, has become the handbook for devotion to The Divine Mercy. She would not have been surprised, for she had been told that the message of God’s mercy would spread through her writings for the great benefit of souls.

Through Saint Faustina, Jesus also revealed special ways to live out the response to His mercy–one of which is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, as both a novena and a prayer for the three o’clock hour–the hour of His death.


Celebration – Maureen Loveder would like to invite you to celebrate her 90th birthday after the 9am Mass in the Bramley Parish Room on 23rd April!  Bacon butties, a celebratory cake and bubbly will be served together with a healthy dose of fellowship. Everyone welcome!


BRAMLEY LUNCH – the April lunch will be held in Bramley Parish Room on Tuesday 25th April after the 11.30 a.m. Mass.  If l you would like to go please sign the list in the porch or telephone Anne on 274466 or Felicity on 273083.  If you would like a lift from Cranleigh please telephone Felicity.  A delicious home-cooked lunch will be provided and we hope to see you then.


You are warmly invited to our Holy Week Celebrations at St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Near Guildford. GU4 8QR. I attach full details with this.

Active participation in these liturgies is the best preparation to receive the gift of Our Lord’s mercy, on Divine Mercy Sunday on April 23th. They remind us why we can receive mercy, and the price that was paid to allow us to live always with Him, who died for us and rose from the dead for our justification. Time is short, come to the Waters of Life.


ENCOUNTER Evening (for 18-30s) Next Sunday in Guildford, with guest speaker Gillian Regan

The next ENCOUNTER evening in the area will be at St Joseph’s (GU1 4AZ) at 7.15pm next Sunday, April 23rd. The speaker will be Gillian Regan, an experienced youth leader who has worked at New Dawn, Celebrate, and is part of the Cor et Lumen Christi Community. Gillian will be sharing her story with us. As usual, there will also be food, live music, and Adoration. Entry is free, and it’s open to anyone aged 18-30 who can get there. New people are especially welcome. The aim of the ENCOUNTER programme is to give young Catholics a chance to deepen their faith in a relaxed environment together with other people their own age. For more information, search ‘Catholic ENCOUNTER’ on Facebook.


The 300 club winners for April Pat Sheen, David Tyler, Jane Harding,


Louise Gilbey (Aged 9Years Old) and her Grandma, Corinne (Aged somewhat older) are putting their talents to growing Tomato Plants.

So far, so good; the seeds are sprouting nicely and we hope to bring about forty plants for sale at Bramley and at Cranleigh in a few weeks when they will be well established. Thank You in great anticipation of All/Some/Many of you buying the lot at £1.per plant.  God Bless and have a Wonderful Easter Season.  Corinne Micallef-Eynaud 01483-418537